Fall Protection Most Cited OSHA Violation in 2012

by P. Brian Berryman on 11/07/2012

Every year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases its list of top 10 most cited violations, and every year, there are few surprises on the list for San Antonio work injury lawyers.  Fall protection tends to feature the top of the list almost every year, and 2012 was no different.  According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, during the fiscal year 2012, fall protection was the most frequently cited violation across the country.

In fact, 2012 is the 2nd consecutive year that fall protection has made it to the top of the list of most frequent violations.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is aware of the high fall hazards facing American workers, and has partnered with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to launch a construction fall protection campaign. 

The campaign is specifically directed at protecting workers from injuries sustained when they fall from an elevation or from a height.  The campaign is focused on making sure that workers are aware of fall hazards and can take steps to protect themselves from such hazards, and also on the promotion of personal protection gear or fall restraint systems.

Overall, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration found 7,250 fall protection violations in 2012.  These violations were followed by hazard communication, scaffolding violations, respiratory protection violations, ladders, machine guarding, powered industrial trucks, electrical wiring, lockout/tag out and electrical-general violations. 

Falls are not only some of the most frequent hazards in the workplace, but also some of the most easily preventable.  Falls from elevations and from heights can be dramatically reduced by the use of personal fall arrest systems and guardrails.  Better training of workers and the use of sturdy equipment can help reduce the number of falls occurring from ladders.

Tags: Workplace Injury, Texas, San Antonio, OSHA

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